Why do we exist? Where did we come from? Man has asked these questions for thousands of years. George M. ask the question in this song. George M. Cohan wrote hundreds of songs but he only made a few records which are prized by collectors This record was recorded 1911 and found on violet label single-sided Victor 60042.

The Story of Bonnie and Clyde
You've read the story of Jesse James
Of how he lived and died;
If you're still in need
Of something to read,
Here's the story of Bonnie and Clyde.
Now Bonnie and Clyde are the Barrow gang,
I'm sure you all have read
How they rob and steal
And those who squeal
Are usually found dying or dead.
There's lots of untruths to these write-ups;
They're not so ruthless as that;
Their nature is raw;
They hate all the law
The stool pigeons, spotters, and rats.
They call them cold-blooded killers;
They say they are heartless and mean;
But I say this with pride,
That I once knew Clyde
When he was honest and upright and clean.
But the laws fooled around,
Kept taking him down
And locking him up in a cell,
Till he said to me,
"I'll never be free,
So I'll meet a few of them in hell."
The road was so dimly lighted;
There were no highway signs to guide;
But they made up their minds
If all roads were blind,
They wouldn't give up till they died.
The road gets dimmer and dimmer;
Sometimes you can hardly see;
But it's fight, man to man,
And do all you can,
For they know they can never be free.
From heart-break some people have suffered;
From weariness some people have died;
But take it all in all,
Our troubles are small
Till we get like Bonnie and Clyde.
If a policeman is killed in Dallas,
And they have no clue or guide;
If they can't find a fiend,
They just wipe their slate clean
And hand it on Bonnie and Clyde.
There's two crimes committed in America
Not accredited to the Barrow mob;
They had no hand
In the kidnap demand,
Nor the Kansas City depot job.
A newsboy once said to his buddy;
"I wish old Clyde would get jumped;
In these awful hard times
We'd make a few dimes
If five or six cops would get bumped."
The police haven't got the report yet,
But Clyde called me up today;
He said, "Don't start any fights
We aren't working nights
We're joining the NRA."
From Irving to West Dallas viaduct
Is known as the Great Divide,
Where the women are kin,
And the men are men,
And they won't "stool" on Bonnie and Clyde.
If they try to act like citizens
And rent them a nice little flat,
About the third night
They're invited to fight
By a sub-gun's rat-tat-tat.
They don't think they're too tough or desperate,
They know that the law always wins;
They've been shot at before,
But they do not ignore
That death is the wages of sin.
Some day they'll go down together;
And they'll bury them side by side;
To few it'll be grief
To the law a relief
But it's death for Bonnie and Clyde.
— Bonnie Parker

Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
From their album Agents of Fortune

All our times have come
Here but now they're gone
Seasons don't fear the reaper
Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain
We can be like they are

Come on baby... Don't fear the Reaper
Baby take my hand... Don't fear the Reaper
We'll be able to fly... Don't fear the Reaper
Baby I'm your man...

Valentine is done
Here but now they're gone
Romeo and Juliet
Are together in eternity...
Romeo and Juliet

40,000 men and women everyday... Like Romeo and
40,000 men and women everyday... Redefine
Another 40,000 coming everyday...We can be like
they are

Come on baby... Don't fear the Reaper
Baby take my hand... Don't fear the Reaper
We'll be able to fly... Don't fear the Reaper
Baby I'm your man...

Love of two is one
Here but now they're gone
Came the last night of sadness
And it was clear she couldn't go on
The door was open and the wind appeared
The candles blew and then disappeared
The curtains flew then he appeared
Saying don't be afraid

Come on baby... And she had no fear
And she ran to him... Then she started to fly
she looked backward and said goodbye
she had become like they are
she had taken his hand
she had become like they are

Come on baby...don't fear the reaper

Called "The Most Beautiful Teenager in the World" by Life magazine in 1955. Entertainment Weekly placed her on the "100 greatest stars of all time" list, at #70. Voted one of the top sex stars of the 1970s in Playboy magazine.

Her death was kismet, as she always cited a fear of water. She suffered from a deep fear of drowning after having barely survived an accident when she was a little girl, during the filming of The Green Promise (1949). Her fear was so great that Elia Kazan had to lie - promising a double - and trick her into doing the scenes at the water reservoir in Splendor in the Grass (1961). Splendour, the name of the yacht Wood was on the night she died, was named after her movie Splendor in the Grass (1961).
Younger sister Lana Wood made a ABC-TV special on Natalie's life, The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004). Wood's death certificate was modified to show some of the uncertainties surrounding the actress' death. The document was amended in August 2012 and changed from accidental drowning to "drowning and other undetermined factors", according to a copy of the certificate obtained August 21, 2012 by The Associated Press.

Mild by today's standards these clips offer a view of film that depicted or implied sexual innuendo, promiscuity, prostitution, and infidelity, these were pre-code movies.

Sam Sanders is a pseudonym for Tom Berwick, vocal by Jim Harkins. This song is found on the Electradisk label #1921 recorded November 22, 1932.

From my personal collection to you. Enjoy!

What did we do before TV? We watched the radio of course, we used our imagination and we thought for ourselves. Sometimes we could afford a movie but most of the time we read a book or tuned in to our favorite radio program. Take me back to a simpler time.

00:14 Ben Selvin & His Orchestra
Vocal by Orlando Robertson
Just One More Chance
Recorded 1931

03:30 Roy Carroll & His Sands Point Orchestra (Ben Selvin)
Vocal by Dick Robertson
Recorded 1931

06:53 Anson Weeks & His Orchestra
Vocal by Bill Moreing
Love Me Tonight
Recorded 1932

09:55 George Olsen & His Music
Vocal by Ethel Shutta
Ah But I've Learned
Recorded 1932

13:21 Isham Jones & His Orchestra
Vocal by Joe Martin
I Want You I Need You
Recorded 1933

16:32 Ambrose & His Orchestra
Vocal by Sam Browne
I Only Have Eyes For You
Recorded 1934
Who do those eyes belong to? Can you guess?
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She Done Him Wrong (1933) the movie's line "Why don't you come up sometime and see me?" was voted as the #26 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
In My Little Chickadee (1940) as he leaves at the end of the film, Cuthbert J. Twillie (W.C. Fields) says to Flower Belle, "Why don't you come up and see me sometime?", a reference to Mae West's famous line in an earlier film, She Done Him Wrong. Although critics thought that she and W.C. Fields worked well together on camera in My Little Chickadee (1940), off-screen they couldn't stand each other.

Come Up And See Me Sometime by The B.B.C. Dance Orchestra Phyllis Robins vocal. Found on Columbia record CB 688 recorded 1933.

Although she is most associated with playing Ginger Grant on Gilligan's Island (1964), she detests the role and has not appeared in any of the series' various reunion specials. According to Russell Johnson, Tina was told she would be the main star of the series when she was initially approached about doing it, and when she arrived in Los Angeles after accepting the offer, she found out otherwise. Johnson also recalls that while Tina remained professional throughout the series' run without raising a fuss, she "divorced herself from the show as soon as it went off the air".

This psychedelic soul classic was written by two of the four Chambers brothers, Joe and Willie. Joe wrote most of the lyric after sitting in on a class at UCLA with Timothy Leary and taking LSD. Willie put the music together and contributed the line, "My soul has been psychedelicized."
Put together with the time travel scene from the 2014 film "Lucy" staring Scarlett Johansson and we have a surreal mix of psychedelic soul and modern science fiction.

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The first Odd Couple, a story told in pictures, Frankenstein's Monster and his bride. Thinking himself to be God, the mad doctor must now create a mate for his monster, but fate has other ideas. After watching this video a man should know how to treat a lady. Our version ends with a disfigured bride and her monster in chains. Such is life, enjoy!

This film is about two neighbors who come to blows over a flower that straddles the property line, a flower that when sniffed makes the neighbors do weird things. Combine that with one of rocks strangest songs and we get a funny mix.

"Hocus Pocus" takes the form of a rondo, consisting of alternation between a powerful rock chord riff with short drum solos and then varied solo "verses" (in the original all performed by Thijs van Leer) which include yodeling, eefing, organ playing, accordion, scat singing, flute riffs, and whistling.

PTA Blues presents a merger of two great talents and the creation of a tribute to Janet Leigh with the cool sounds of Henry Mancini.

Janet Leigh not only had great looks she was smart graduating high school at age 15. She studied psychology in college and it must have worked to her advantage when she was discovered by none other than Norma Shearer. She eloped at the age of 15, maybe that is why she finished high school so early, you go girl. In Orson Welles "Touch of Evil" (1958) Janet made the film with a broken arm. That's what I call dedication. At any rate we love Janet Leigh and we dig Mancini, enjoy.

In an interview with Jim Morrison, Morrison mentions the spree killer Billy Cook, who was the inspiration for the 1953 film The Hitch-Hiker, and may have been the inspiration for Riders On The Storm.
In this video we merge the song and film together, they seem almost like they were meant to be.

A man named Billy Cook murdered a family of five, including three children, and then killed a traveling salesman. He then kidnapped two hunters and took them across the border into Mexico, intending to kill them, too, but before he could he was captured by Mexican police and subsequently extradited to the US, where he was tried for the murders, convicted, and died in the gas chamber at San Quentin on Dec. 12, 1952.

I love this song even though it makes no sense, and nether does Alice.

The first half of this song was the unfinished Randy Bachman composition No Sugar Tonight. It has been interpreted to be about drug addiction. "Sugar" might be comparative to cocaine or heroin and not having it will lead an addict to dark places. The second verse describes lovers who can't quite get it together. Another interpretation could be about depression and the desire for love. The song and the film Taxi Driver (1976) go well together as the taxi driver suffers from insomnia, he spends his time working as a taxi driver at night, watching porn movies at seedy cinemas during the day, or thinking about how the world, New York in particular, has deteriorated into a cesspool.

Admiral Aleksandr Kolchak is a true war hero and beloved husband and father. Anna, the wife of his best friend, becomes the love of his life. The revolution in his heart mirrors the revolution in his own country. His destiny is to fight the Bolsheviks and bring back the Czarist rule.

Beauty is a mixture of physical attractiveness, attitude, personality, and just an "aura" that is attractive to other people. While these things are difficult to pin down, one thing is for certain - the pretty ladies in this video have that special something that people recognize as beautiful.

Known for her style and elegance, she was a popular leading lady for Warner Bros. during the 1930s. My name is properly pronounced "vor'shack." The D remains silent she said, having been called practically everything from Balzac to Bickelsrock. She came to prominence in Scarface (1932) with Paul Muni, but her acting started at a very early age (5 years old) in the 1916 silent film RAMONA.
Arguments with her bosses at Warner Brothers led her to move to England. Ann said "The trouble with Hollywood is everybody is crazy for money." During World War 2 she contributed to the British war effort driving an ambulance. She retired from the screen in 1951, and died on December 10, 1979 from cancer.

The song "Love, You Funny Thing" is from the 1932 First National Pictures LOVE IS A RACKET. Played during the opening credits and at the end. Played on a radio in Mary's apartment and in Eddie's apartment and played as background music in the film.
This version is found on the Melotone record # 12322 by Art Kahn and His Orchestra, vocal by Elmer Feldkamp.

Elsa Martinelli was known as the Italian Audrey Hepburn. Elsa was born in the central Tuscan city of Grosseto she had to earn her keep from the age of twelve, delivering groceries in Rome. Looking older than her years suggested, she did part time work as a bar maid. At age sixteen she started modelling. She was spotted on a Life magazine cover by Kirk Douglas (or by Douglas's wife, according to another version of the story). She went to Hollywood to co-star opposite Douglas in The Indian Fighter (1955) (despite some as yet unresolved problems with her command of English). She returned to Italy, married Count Franco Mancinelli Scotti di San Vito attended lavish parties and created an image for herself which rivaled those of Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida.

Taken under the wing of Carlo Ponti, Elsa was able to eventually make a success of her screen career not merely because of her exotic good looks, but by deliberately varying the type of parts she took on and thereby avoid typecasting. Those included the titular Stowaway Girl (1957) who bewitches an embittered steamboat captain played by Trevor Howard. In stark contrast, she was also Carmilla, possessed by her vampiric ancestor Millarca in the film Blood and Roses (1960).

In Hatari! (1962) Elsa co-starred as a freelance wildlife photographer on a Tanganyika game farm. In The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962), Elsa was the romantic (mostly decorative) interest of Charlton Heston's army guy smuggled into Nazi-occupied Rome in 1944 to extract and send back secret military information via carrier pigeon. For the remainder of the 60's, Elsa appeared in a number of international co-productions which included a segment in The Oldest Profession (1967) as a Roman Emperor's wife discovered in a brothel; and as a gangster's daughter helping a bumbling American treasury agent in Rome (played by Dustin Hoffman in his first starring role) to recover Madigan's Millions (1968).

In 1968, Elsa married Paris Match photographer and furniture designer Willy Rizzo. By the 1980's, she was active as an interior designer in Rome while still making sporadic screen appearances, primarily in TV series. Described by the newspaper La Repubblica as "an icon of style and elegance", Elsa Martinelli died on July 8 2017 in Rome at the age of 82.

Music is from her 1962 film Hatari, by Henry Mancini.

Joan Blondell born August 30, 1906 in New York City died December 25, 1979 in Santa Monica, California. In the 1930s, Joan made a career playing gold-diggers and happy-go-lucky girlfriends. James Cagney said that the only woman he loved other than his wife was Blondell.

The song is I'm Just a Fool in Love with You by Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra. This was played in the 1931 Warner Brother movie, Blonde Crazy, staring James Cagney and Joan Blondell. Played when Dan and Anne discuss working together.

Anne Francis was discovered and signed by 20th Century-Fox's Darryl F. Zanuck after playing a seductive, child-bearing juvenile delinquent in the low budget film So Young So Bad (1950), Anne soon starred in a number of promising ingénue roles, including Elopement (1951), Lydia Bailey (1952) and Dreamboat (1952) but she still could not seem to rise above the starlet typecast. At MGM, she found promising leading lady work in a few noteworthy 1950s classics: Bad Day at Black Rock (1955); Blackboard Jungle (1955); and the science fiction cult classic Forbidden Planet (1956). While co-starring with Hollywood's hunkiest best, including Paul Newman, Dale Robertson, Glenn Ford and Cornel Wilde, her roles still emphasized more her glam appeal than her acting capabilities. In the 1960s, Anne began refocusing strongly on the smaller screen, finding a comfortable niche on television series. She found a most appreciative audience in two classic The Twilight Zone (1959) episodes and then as a self-sufficient, Emma Peel-like detective in Aaron Spelling's short-lived cult series Honey West (1965), where she combined glamour and a sexy veneer with judo throws, karate chops and trendy fashions. The role earned her a Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award nomination.

Betty's classic beauty put her on over 300 magazine covers and books.
Betty had the greatest hourglass figure of all time: 38-18-36 (inches).
She was in thousands of magazine spreads.
Her face appeared on full-page ads in Life, Time, Fortune, Look, Saturday Evening Post and other leading magazines of her day.
She won over 50 beauty contests before the age of 20.
Betty, the ultimate Calendar Girl, appeared on hundreds of calendars.
She was on numerous music album covers;
On billboards in Times Square and billboards across the country;
On life-size cutouts in retail stores selling Kodak film, Thom McAn shoes and other products.

Every time you see a green tree hanging in an auto windshield, think of Betty. It was her effervescent smile on display cards that started that trend and made these tree air fresheners famous throughout the world. They are still sold today.

Betty was the first model to receive residuals every time her picture was published.
She was one of the first models to own the rights to many of her negatives and photos.
She was the highest paid model of that time period.
Betty was the first true Super Model.

This is one of the largest collections of Betty Brosmer photos. Hundreds of photos will still be added from original negatives and prints owned and copyrighted by Betty. Many have never been published before.

Bettie Page's life was filled with cult myth, mystery and sadness. Her image captured the imagination of a generation with her free spirit and unabashed sensuality, during an era of strong sexual repression. She was the quintessential pin-up, tacked up on walls in military barracks and garages.

In her teens, Bettie acted in high school plays and was a straight-A student. She graduated from the Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville on a Daughters of the American Revolution scholarship in 1944, and went on to study drama in New York City.

In 1959, she was lying on a sea wall in Key West when she saw a church with a white neon cross on top. She walked inside and became a born-again Christian. She worked full-time for evangelist Billy Graham's ministry. However, a move to Southern California in 1979 brought her more troubles. She was arrested after an altercation with her landlady. Doctors diagnosed her as suffering from acute schizophrenia, and she spent 20 months in a state mental hospital and she was subsequently placed under state supervision for eight years.

Her mysterious disappearance from the public eye only fueled the public's fascination. In fact, for two decades no one was sure where she was or even if she was still alive. She resurfaced in the 1990s after being tracked down for a documentary. She occasionally granted interviews and sold autographs, but refused to allow her picture to be taken in her old age. After a three-week battle with pneumonia, Bettie Page suffered a fatal heart attack at age 85 on December 11, 2008.

Playboy Playmate of the Month February 1955. She was named the second (out of 100) top Playboy Playmates of all time according to Playboy magazine. Turned down the role of Ginger Grant on Gilligan's Island (1964), which went to Tina Louise. Spoke five languages. Was a classically trained pianist and violinist. Was arrested for indecent exposure during her nightclub act in Burlington, Vermont in 1963. Claimed to have an I.Q. of 163, though she did not have exceptional grades in school. Her goal, as quoted in the book, "Jayne Mansfield and the American Fifties": "To feel satisfied with myself; to know that I have arrived. To be liked. To be a big personality. The real stars are not actors or actresses. They're personalities. The quality of making everyone stop in their tracks is what I work at.".

The late model Buick that Jayne was killed in was locked in a garage for decades, in the same shape it was in after the crash. The owner, who was a huge fan, displayed it at various shows over the years, and it was sometimes billed as Jayne Mansfield's death car. The car was sold at auction in 1999 for $8000. Reportedly, the car still has the blood stains on the seats. She had a serious drinking problem most of her adult life. Was the first American actress to appear nude in a mainstream American film (Promises..... Promises! (1963).

This video is based on an article from 1968 by Senator Wayne Morse.


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